Community pressure has pushed the government to commit to a poverty reduction strategy. Now we need community action to ensure that it’s a strong plan with legislated targets and timelines. You can be a part of this effort to make BC’s government take action against poverty.
The BC government is currently asking British Columbian residents about what should be included in a Poverty Reduction Strategy. It’s now more important than ever that the provincial government hear our collective voice loud and clear highlighting the pillars of a strong, comprehensive poverty reduction plan.
Since the first community meeting in Victoria in November, the government has been holding consultations across the province. Throughout March, there will continue to be big open public meetings, as well as more targeted group discussions for seniors, students, youth, indigenous communities, and low-wage workers. Let’s make sure these consultations lead to strong action!
To see a calendar of upcoming events, click here.
We’ve been hearing that many people can’t make it out to the government consultations in person, so we’re worried that the government isn’t getting a full picture. We want to make sure your thoughts aren’t left out about what should be included in a poverty reduction plan. So, we’ve created an online survey that you can fill out here. We also have a printable version with a guide so that you can conduct the survey at your workplace, in your neighbourhood and your community.
If you are interested in collecting survey responses, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 23. We will collate the responses and make a submission to the provincial government by the final consultation deadline on March 30.
Email The Consultations
Use our easy email form to send a message to the BC government’s Poverty Reduction Consultations (as well as Premier John Horgan and Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Shane Simpson). Tell them that we urgently need to raise welfare and disability rates within a comprehensive poverty reduction plan. The template is fully editable, so you can add your voice and share what you’d like to see in a Poverty Reduction Strategy.
For more examples, you can also take a look at individual submissions from Bernice Kamano and Brent Winterbottom. Bernice and Brent both submitted to the government and then generously shared their recommendations with us as well.
Other Ways to Particpate
There are several other ways you can share your thoughts with the government:
Government Feedback Form
You can also use the government’s feedback form here: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/bcpovertyreduction/submit-your-feedback/
Call Enquiry BC and ask for ‘BC Poverty Reduction’
Calls can be made Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time
Elsewhere in B.C. 1-800-663-7867
Outside B.C. 1-604-660-2421
Via Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD):
Elsewhere in B.C. 1-800-661-8773
By Fax: 250-387-5775
By Email: BCPovertyReduction@gov.bc.ca
ATTN: BC Poverty Reduction
PO BOX 9929 STN PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC V8W 9R2